How To Turn Off Comments On Instagram: Disable Them Or Filter The Offensive Ones

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As an Instagram content creator, you may want to disable comments on some uploaded photos or videos. Here, Instagram gives you a wide variety of options. You can block comments for already uploaded photos or videos and also for new posts. If you do not want to disable all the comments, you have an option for hiding comments that are offensive and even add filters to block only comments with particular words in them.

You can also block particular people from commenting on your IG posts.

The steps are the same for both Android and iPhone/iPad with slight changes. You will find screenshots from the iPhone app in this guide.

First, let us have a look at turning off comments for existing posts.

Turn Off Comments For An Existing Instagram Post

  1. Open Instagram app and go to your profile screen by tapping on the profile icon at the bottom right.
    If you have added multiple Instagram accounts to the app then you will see the account profile picture.
  2. Under your profile, tap on the post for which you wish to disable the comments option.
  3. Now, tap on the three dots icon above the post on the right side and select Turn Off Commenting.
Disable Comments on Instagram posts

Now if you look at this post in your Instagram feed, the comment button will be absent for the post.

Hide Comments Option While Uploading Instagram Posts

You can block comments for particular posts while uploading them.

For that, follow the same steps as usual for sharing posts on the photo-sharing app. But on the final screen, which has the Share option you should see Advanced settings below the choices to share Instagram posts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Tap on it.

Under Advanced Settings, toggle Turn Off Commenting switch to On.

Turn Off Comments on Instagram posts

With this, comments for this Instagram post will be disabled. Similarly, you can follow the steps for other posts if and when desired.

The comments for that particular post will be disabled on the Instagram website too. But currently, there is no option to turn on/off comments from the Instagram website.

Note that disabling comments does not prevent you from posting your photo. If you have troubles with uploading a picture or a video, check our post for possible solutions.

Following these methods, you can disable comments on your posts which are already uploaded or even while sharing new ones. Comments option will still be there for other posts.

Turn On Commenting On Instagram Post

You can always turn on the comments from the app if desired later by opening the Instagram post:

  • Open the desired post.
  • Tap on the three dots icon on the right top.
  • Select Turn On Commenting.

Now if you look at this post in your Instagram feed, the comment button will re-appear. This will also restore all the existing comments under the post including your own comments.

Block Comments From Certain People On Instagram

Regardless whether you have a public or private account, you can turn off comments for specific users. Here’s how.

  1. Make sure that you use the latest version of Instagram.
  2. Open Instagram app and go to the profile screen by tapping on the profile icon at the bottom right.
  3. Then tap on the hamburger icon at the top right corner.
  4. Then select Settings from the bottom right corner.
  5. In Settings, go to Privacy.
  6. Now, tap Comments.
  7. Tap on the number shown next to Block Comments From label.
    It is also possible to allow comments from certain people if required.
Block Comments from specific people on Instagram
  1. On the next screen, type in the name of the specific user.
    The user may or may not follow you but you can still search and block them. Same is the case if you are following them or not.
  2. Typing the username will bring up that user with a Block button next to it. Tap on it.

That’s all there is to it. Similarly, you can block other users from commenting.

When the blocked users comment on your photos or videos the comment will be automatically hidden and will not be visible to anyone but them.

Unblock Comments

Later if you change your mind, you can unblock users from commenting from the same Comments settings from above.

In this case, you just need to use the Unblock option.

Unblock Users from Commenting on Instagram posts

Hide Offensive Comments Or Add Manual Filters

Instagram has users from all over the world and if you have a public profile, it is easy to find your account for people sharing the same interest using hashtags.

This may produce a lot of comments on your Instagram post and as you might know, not all the comments are good. Some can be abusive or offensive. You can always turn off the comments for specific posts. But that would mean no comments or feedback at all.

Hide Offensive Comments (Video)

To avoid that, you can turn on Hide Inappropriate Comments option. Here’s how you can use this feature.

  1. Navigate to the Comment Controls in Settings using the steps given in the above section.
  2. Toggle Hide Offensive Comments switch to On.

Check our video to see these steps in action:

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Filter Comments Based On Particular Words Or Phrases

You can also hide comments based on certain words or phrases.

  1. In Instagram, go to Settings > Privacy > Comments.
  2. Enable the Manual Filter and add the keywords or phrases you want to use for filtering comments.
  3. Finally, tap on Done to save the changes.
Toggle Hide Offensive Comments switch to On to hide offensive comments

That’s all there is to it! All the comments containing those words or phrases irrespective of the post will be hidden/blocked automatically. You won’t even get a notification for those comments.

See Also: How To See Someone’s Instagram Activity

Turn Off Comments Video

You can also watch our video to see the steps in action:

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How Can I Hide My Comments On Instagram From My Followers?

Unfortunately, you cannot hide your comments on Instagram from your followers. Instagram does not have an option to comment privately. Moreover, all your comments on public accounts are visible to everyone on Instagram. Use Direct Messages if you want to leave private comments.

Can I Delete Someone's Comment On My Instagram Post?

You can delete other people’s comments on your post. However, you cannot delete someone’s comment from an Instagram post that’s not in your account.

Final Words

Now you know how to turn off Instagram comments either for all your posts or only for some of them. You can also hide only the offensive ones or apply a manual filter to disable comments with particular words in them. It’s a lifesaver since you do not need to manage the negative comments manually anymore.

If you want to disable commenting on Instagram Live videos, check out this helpful post.

With these options, it’s much easier to manage comments. YOU do not need to delete comments manually anymore.

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